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Bailey's Original Irish Cream

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 4.80. Votes: 46
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Bailey's uses a special process to combine two otherwise incompatible ingredients: cream and whiskey. This secret technique keeps the cream from clumping and separating from the whiskey, and allows the liqueur to go for two years unrefrigerated without spoiling. But we won't need to tap into any secret preparation techniques for our clone here since we'll be storing the liqueur in the refrigerator. We will, however, replace cream with canned evaporated milk. This gives us a properly sweetened finished product with the taste and texture of the deliciously famous Irish cream. Here now is an improved version of the Bailey's clone recipe that appears in More Top Secret Recipes. This version has fewer ingredients, is easier to make, and tastes amazing.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (1 12-ounce can)
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
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      Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and mix well or shake until the sugar is dissolved. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Shake before serving.

      Makes 3 cups.

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Score: 4.80. Votes: 46
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Dec 11, 2017, 10:23

I just made 6 batches for Christmas presents. This gave me 18 16 ounce bottles. (3 bottles per each batch) The only adjustment I made was to use less chocolate syrup. I reduced it to one half tablespoons and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!

Al V.
Dec 15, 2015, 23:00

I just made a test batch...and it is to die for!!! I used sweetend condensed milk and whipping cream. I also used Caramel Moonshine for my whiskey. I did find however, that the choclate syrup took away the flavor of the caramel. So next time I am going to taste it before I add the syrup to see if I prefer that taste better. Will re-post my results.